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The 21st episode of Zetsuen continued with Aika and Hakaze’s confrontation. She isn’t so bad. I’ve retracted all my thoughts of her being evil after her grand introduction as the mage of Exodus from episode 20. It was just her eyes. Her eyes and her sinister-like tone had everything to do with why my perspective changed. That glint in her eyes really worked on me. But in this episode, Aika continues into her true personality; that witty, dramatic and funny person she’s always been. Actually she was really hilarious in this episode as she became the detective to solve the case of her own murder.Another thing was how flippant she was to the news that she was going to be killed. Even Hakaze was stunned by it. But Aika’s nonchalance probably stems from the fact that she reveals herself being the actual killer of…herself.
Now there are a lot of things to consider here, if Aika actually committed suicide. Well, just one. And that is Mahiro would have no one to kill. Probably he would think the entire idea of suicide was illogical and absurd. Hakaze was also stunned by this truth but Aika had a motive. A great motive but a foolhardy one in Hakaze’s eyes.
The Suicide Logic: As the mage of Exodus, Aika only has one goal, which is to defeat the Tree of Genesis. If Hakaze continues her loyalty to Genesis, protecting it, then civilization would be destroyed because it’s life force would be sustained. Aika killed herself to ensure Hakaze’s future connection with both Mahiro and Yoshino, to change her loyalty against the tree of Genesis (after it “killed” Yoshino) and destroy it. That way, her death would throw everything into place and motivate Hakaze to destroy the tree of Genesis. I’m wondering if Aika actually has some lurking psychic ability because just as she planned it, the events went according to her own script. Excepting the end of the Tree of Genesis.
Hakaze doesn’t want to believe this, finding it illogical and unreasonable to kill herself just for this cause. But Aika tells her it may seem that way but really isn’t, that she did what she had to, to ensure things worked out for a better cause. She bases her anger off the fact that Mahiro will have no one to kill, that Yoshino will have no one to hate and that they won’t be completely able to move on with their lives. Her anger could also stem from her ambivalence towards destroying the Tree of Genesis. Even if she planned to because of Yoshino, a great deal of her loyalty is rooted to the Tree of Genesis because it blessed her with a great deal of power.
But there are some contradictions yet again. During their fight (which was an epic battle, I couldn’t get the right angles to take snapshots of the scenes I wanted) Aika explained that the power of Exodus fed off of Genesis’. The more power Hakaze used up, the stronger Aika became, making her able to overpower Hakaze. The tree of Genesis was created to destroy civilization once it reached its limit, and would start a new era of peace. However, the Tree of Exodus appeared to stop Genesis in its complete revival.
Was Exodus created as a challenge to test Genesis’ power? Does Genesis want to be stopped from destroying civilization as it is? These are probably questions that are troubling Hakaze. Just what is the Tree of Genesis plotting? What does it really want to do?Hakaze tried to stop Aika from killing herself but couldn’t and was late in getting to the mansion to stop Aika. History repeated itself.
Hakaze had argued that Aika’s suicide would only let everything end in tragedy because there would be no closure, no one to hate and both Mahiro and Yoshino would still mourn her death. Aika was surprised to know of how much her death affected them both, she wondered why Mahiro never showed her he cared, and why Yoshino had never expressed himself completely with her. In an effort not to have this end in tragedy, she left Hakaze a letter to give to them both once everything is over.I’m guessing this is her gesture to make sure that everything doesn’t fall into complete tragedy, that there will actually be a happy ending to all of this. But Hakaze is unsure of what to do, she failed to stop Aika’s suicide and is probably really questioning the Tree of Genesis. Until the next episode!